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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( May 7, 1999)
SDSM& T’S MINI- INDY CAR TO BE UNVEILED SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1999
A student team from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will be unveiling their Formula SAE or Mini- Indy car at the Black Hills Sports Car Club Autocross this Sunday, May 9, 1999. The autocross will be held at Rapid City Central High School from noon to 2: 30 pm. The team is gearing up for the national Mini- Indy competition May 18- 23 in Detroit, Michigan.
This will be SDSM& T’s fourth year of entering a vehicle in the Mini- Indy competition in which students design, fabricate and compete with small formula- style race cars. Over 100 teams from universities throughout the United States are registered to compete in this year’s Mini- Indy event.
The focus of the Mini- Indy is not simply on who can build the fastest car but rather on the use of engineering skills, financial know- how, and creativity. The competition’s primary objectives are to provide students with a meaningful project experience in their engineering program, to prepare engineers for the auto industry, and to bring new ideas on safety, economy and performance into automobiles. Vehicles are judged in four categories: acceleration, skid pad – figure eight, one lap autocross, and endurance.
“ We are projecting a finish in the top 20 this year,” said Jamey Backus, team leader. ” As well as we finished two years ago, 24th out of 100, we are considerably lighter, stronger, have better handling, and more horsepower so we should have a good showing,” he added.
This year’s Mini- Indy team members with their majors and hometowns include: team leader Jamey Backus, mechanical engineering, Beulah ND; John Fiedler, mechanical engineering, Glenham; Jason Hornecker, mechanical engineering, Lander WY; Tom Batho, mechanical engineering, Sioux Falls; Sergio Gonzalez, mechanical engineering, Spain; Trygre Trovick, mechanical engineering, Norway; Dan Ring, metallurgical engineering, Norris; Melinda Walberg, industrial engineering, St Joseph MI; Ben Short, mechanical engineering, Sturgis; Roy Reiss, mechanical engineering, Java; Forrest Foster, mechanical engineering, Oral; Jake Anderson, mechanical engineering, Buffalo WY; and Adam McMahon, mechanical engineering, Pierre. Dan Dolan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the faculty advisor.
[ Media are invited to the unveiling of the Mini- Indy car at Central High School Sunday, May 9, between noon and 2: 30 p. m. Team members will be available for interviews.]
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